Firm Profile > KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law > Moscow, Russia

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law
3RD FLOOR, 4/5 BAKER PLAZA
68/70 BUTYRSKIY VAL STR.
127055 MOSCOW
Russia

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law’s dispute resolution group receives commendation for its ‘excellent reputation and worthy professional experience’. Its client roster includes high-net-worth individuals and multinational companies, mostly active in the investment, retail, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors, among others. In particular, the team is known for its work on high-profile domestic bankruptcy and corporate disputes. In a closely watched case, it is representing Elena Baturina in a $285m corporate dispute contesting the client’s acquisition of a 24% stake in construction company Inteco. Praised as a 'highly effective litigator', managing partner Andrey Korelskiy leads the practice and is well versed in insolvency and commercial litigation. Arbitration expert Anna Grishchenkova and bankruptcy specialist Ilya Dedkovskiy are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Korelskiy

Other key lawyers:

Anna Grishchenkova; Ilya Dedkovskiy; Ilya Ischuk; Sergey Ilin; Julia Usacheva

Testimonials

‘The team is reliable, result-focused and totally dedicated to the client.’

‘Andrey Korelskiy is the practice leader and an extremely committed and a highly effective litigator.’

‘Our cooperation with KIAP lasts for many years now, and we can confidently say that it is one of the most reliable law firms in the market, with an excellent reputation and worthy professional experience. Litigation is a key specialisation of the team – and here they are really at their best: competent lawyers work well in a team and always complete all tasks assigned to them on time and in full.’

‘Our first contact at KIAP is Andrey Korelskiy. An authoritative and respected lawyer and mediator, a positive and open person with excellent communication skills. It is easy to discuss with him even the most difficult cases, he will always find the best solution that meets the interests of all parties.’

Key clients

Elena Baturina

Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Inditex

Embraco

Globus

Turkish Airlines

Intellectual property Tier 2

At KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law, patent litigation is a key area of growth for the intellectual property practice; the firm's commitment to this type of work was exemplified by the recent hire of experienced associate Anastasia Skopven, a pharmaceutical patent specialist, from Lidings. Other areas of focus for the team include trade mark prosecution and litigation, and transactional IP matters. Associate Maxim Tabolo is noted for his expertise in non-contentious trade mark issues. Practice head Elena Buranova made partner in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elena Buranova

Other key lawyers:

Maxim Tabolo; Anastasia Skopven

Testimonials

‘They are constantly in contact, giving advice, and go beyond the usual formal “question and answer”. KIAP tries to help by taking into account the vast background of the project, sometimes anticipating expectations.’

‘Elena Buranova always tries to give in her consultations even more than is required, which is appreciated by us. One feels that Elena is really interested in intellectual property and is ready to share her knowledge with others.’

‘Elena Buranova has in-depth knowledge of various aspects of IP law and great strategic vision which enables her to solve any complex business challenge. Being a highly experienced lawyer and an efficient negotiator, she has strong mentorship skills and is actively involved in all matters the team handles.’

‘Maxim Tabolo is fantastic when it comes to prosecution issues and portfolio management. What makes Maxim stand out is his flair to provide all the information that is needed to make a decision in the first exchange of e-mails/phone call. This is so convenient and I would definitely recommend Maxim for anyone from another jurisdiction or someone who just does not have any experience with IP law in Russia.’

‘Dedicated and to-the-point advice. They try to find the best solution for the client without pushing unnecessarily for initiating procedures. Swift responses to queries.’

‘The professional qualities of the KIAP team, combined with the quality of the provided consultations and the sufficiency of internal intellectual resources, is a serious competitive advantage over other law firms in terms of price and quality of services.’

‘Elena Buranova is exactly that partner of KIAP who can be called the diamond of the entire team. Her level of professional knowledge in the field of patent law and experience in practical application deserves respect and the highest praise.’

‘Competence, punctuality, exceptional politeness and consistency.’

‘The IP practice of KIAP is knowledgeable, responsive, pro-active and a pleasure to work with. I believe that the team is perfect for trade mark contentious and non-contentious work in Russia. They understand the business goals of clients and are able to provide clear and truly bespoke solutions. Compared to other firms I have worked with in Russia, KIAP stands out with the clarity of work that they carry out until the end of the project. The billing policy is very clear and consistent.’

Key clients

BASF

SISTEMA CAPITAL

Fosun

Pochta Bank

GPB Resource (a subsidiary of Gazprombank JSC)

Globus Holding GmbH & Co. KG

PAULIG

Lidskoe Pivo

Russian representative office of KARL STORZ

Galeco

GERA Management

Game Insight Holdings Limited

Sokolov

Private Brewery “Afanasy”

Schindler

TEK PACK

White-collar crime Tier 2

'Experienced strategistKonstantin Astafiev has assembled an 'excellent team working like clockwork under his leadership' at KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law. The group has noted an uptick in instructions both to represent the injured parties following economic crimes, and to defend senior executives prosecuted for their alleged criminal economic activity. Senior associate Dmitry Kalinichenko is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Konstantin Astafiev

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Kalinichenko

Testimonials

‘Konstantin Astafiev is an excellent lawyer with unique expertise in criminal law.’

‘Dmitry Kalinichenko is distinguished by a high level of erudition and professional competence. It is comfortable to work with Dmitry, he is always in touch and always up to date.’

‘Deep knowledge of the criminal law and process, extensive experience, effective approach to communication with law enforcement officials.’

‘Konstantin Astafiev is second to none. Konstantin is a top-qualified professional heading and successfully managing very complicated cases, at the same time he is business-minded, very proactive and extremely hard-working.’

‘Dmitry Kalinichenko is another noteworthy figure within the practice – always displays exemplary behaviour in every aspect of his work, demonstrating how excellent customer service can have a lasting effect on customer relationships.’

‘KIAP’s criminal law practice is one of the strongest on the market. Lawyers with full dedication approach the solution of problems and apply original, comprehensive approaches in their work.’

‘The success of any undertaking depends on the reliability of partners. KIAP is a team that you can trust, and at the same time, be sure that they follow solely your priorities.’

‘Partner Konstantin Astafiev is second to none, in our opinion. An excellent tactician and experienced strategist, he knows how to sort through, get to the truth, and reassemble even the most intricate cases. Extremely insightful with good intuition, deep expertise, and an excellent team working like clockwork under his leadership.’

Key clients

InvestAktiv LLC

Innocean

Huawei

EuroChem

MRS Baturina E.N.

Codest

Osnova LLC

Competition Tier 3

The competition team at KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law 'is made unique by its deep knowledge of the specifics of antimonopoly regulation relating to trading activities', and continues to develop its expertise in the area of government procurement, with particular regard to heavy industries; Maxim Buzin takes the lead on both advisory and litigious work of this kind. Cartel-related issues are another cornerstone of the practice, which is headed by Ilya Ischuk and also includes Julia Kirpikova.

Practice head(s):

Ilya Ischuk

Other key lawyers:

Julia Kirpikova; Maxim Buzin

Testimonials

‘The antimonopoly practice of KIAP is unique in that for many years it has remained one of the few that has been specialised in the issues of antimonopoly regulation of trade activities. Its key capabilities include the ability to settle the claims of antimonopoly authorities at the stage of antimonopoly proceedings, without bringing the issue to court. This clearly indicates a high level of competence and a good knowledge of the current law enforcement practice.’

‘I work with Ilya Ishchuk and Maxim Buzin. They are excellent professionals in their field. In each of them, I value their passion for my work and high level of competence. They know how to achieve the best results.’

‘Good knowledge of current trends in the development of law enforcement.’

‘The team is very mobile, distinguished by strategic planning of antitrust and litigation several steps forward. The line of defence provides several alternatives, which allows you to achieve success. KIAP is distinguished by the honesty of its predictions and is never reassuring in cases where there is no reason for this.’

‘All are excellent experts in the field of antitrust regulation. Ilya Ischuk is responsible for the strategy as a whole, Maxim Buzin for its practical implementation. Their tandem works very well. Apart from unconditional quality, the KIAP colleagues distinguish themselves from other lawyers by their strict adherence to deadlines, and timely and advance preparation of the necessary documents.’

‘Among the members of the team, I can single out Ilya Ishchuk and Maxim Buzin. Both are good practicing professionals with excellent knowledge of the specifics of various industries and of antitrust regulation in general.’

‘The antimonopoly practice of KIAP is made unique by its deep knowledge of the specifics of antimonopoly regulation relating to trading activities.’

‘I work primarily with Ilya Ishchuk. In addition to his highly professional qualities, Ilya is distinguished by a high level of communication and quick feedback.’

Key clients

Mosregionlift

Leroy Merlin East

Energoprom

Lidskoe pivo

Giperglobus

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law maintains longstanding relationships with clients in the construction industry, but also handles disputes for trading and insurance sector companies. The group specialises in international commercial arbitration conducted either on an hoc basis, or instituted under the rules of the ICAC, the ICC and the LCIA. Anna Grishchenkova leads the practice, where recently promoted senior associate Stepan Sultanov is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Anna Grishchenkova

Other key lawyers:

Stepan Sultanov

Testimonials

‘KIAP has a strength in depth in every area of dispute resolution. It has experience in complex international and domestic arbitration that exceeds most other firms’ experience.’

‘I work with Anna Grishchenkova on international arbitration and litigation matters. Anna is one of the best well-known arbitration practitioners in Moscow. She has an exceptional understanding of the procedural nuances of domestic and international arbitration and is able to deploy that experience very effectively to secure a successful outcome. Anna is also a very accomplished advocate who has analysed (and written about) the psychology of persuasive advocacy. She is able to identify and utilise the most effective approach to arguing a case and is, as a result, a formidable trial lawyer.’

‘KIAP dispute resolution team always looks at the core of the problem and takes a pragmatic approach towards the resolution of the dispute. KIAP always takes into account the perspectives of the possible outcome of each case strategy and in particular handles disputes with due respect to specific features of each jurisdiction.’ 

‘Anna Grishchenkova stands out with her experience and deep expertise.’

Key clients

SNC Medical

Spic

Rizzani de Eccher

Codest Engineering S.r.l.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law is ‘reliable, result-focused and totally dedicated to the client’s aims’. Reflective of practice head Sergey Popov’s expertise, the team is well-versed in representing large domestic and foreign clients in property disputes. It is increasingly advising international retail companies on lease agreements and other contractual arrangements relating to the Covid-19 pandemic; recently promoted senior associate Julia Usacheva is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Popov

Other key lawyers:

Julia Usacheva

Testimonials

‘The team is reliable, result-focused and totally dedicated to the client.’

‘A very strong, experienced practice leader.’

‘Great representation in court, an ability to confidently defend the client’s position.’

‘Sergey Popov demonstrates excellent knowledge of substantive and procedural law, has extensive experience in effective legal proceedings, knows effective practical ways of solving judicial problems.’

Key clients

Decathlon

Inditex

JSC Sharapovo

M.video

Gucci

Diageo

Ce

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The bankruptcy department at KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law provides ‘excellent advice focusing on the best business interests of the client’. It is consistently engaged on contentious insolvency-related matters by both domestic and international companies; its recent workload has included an increase of instructions relating to pre-bankruptcy transactions. Recently promoted practice head Ilya Dedkovskiy has accrued extensive experience handling disputes involving subsidiary liability issues relating to corporate indebtedness. Associate Sergey Ilin works closely with Dedovskiy and is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ilya Dedkovskiy

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Ilin

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified, reliable, friendly and always available. Very fast response to client requests. The team provides excellent advice focusing on the best interests of the client.’

‘KIAP’s insolvency team is very strong in the Russian market in disputes involving bringing the company’s management to subsidiary liability, as well as in cases challenging a company’s pre-bankruptcy transactions. In addition, KIAP’s lawyers have significant experience in tracing debtor’s assets both in Russia and abroad. There are no hopeless situations for the KIAP team – they are always ready to fight for their client to the end, finding non-standard solutions and arguments.’

‘Ilya Dedkovsky is distinguished by an excellent knowledge of the psychology of judges, which allows him to find an approach to any judge and predict the future course of the trial. He always finds non-standard arguments in favor of his client and knows how to explain complex things in a simple, non-legal language. Ilya is always calm and balanced in court sessions, does not yield to provocations.’

‘Sergey Ilyin is a real rising star in the legal market. He has significant experience in litigation, both in bankruptcy cases and in other categories of cases. Sergey has attention to detail and an ability to convince judges.’

Key clients

Codest Engineering S.r.l.

Rizzani de Eccher

Postavcom

Novartis Group

Diageo

Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Tax Tier 3

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law distinguishes itself through its wide-ranging tax advisory work, spanning tax risk management, compliance, and tax planning and structuring. The team has industry-specific specialisms in the gold, minerals and aviation sectors, where it handles general tax and VAT issues. It also handles international taxation issues in the financial services sector, working in tandem with the firm’s banking and finance group led by senior associate Roman Suslov. Practice head Andrey Zuykov is regarded as ‘a professional of the highest level’.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Zuykov

Other key lawyers:

Roman Suslov

Testimonials

‘Andrey Zuykov is skilled; he provides detailed feedback, finds workable commercial solutions quickly and defends our interests.’

‘Good quality advice on tax law; excellent knowledge of tax law and its application; familiar with the agenda of tax authorities’

‘The tax practice of KIAP is distinguished by the high quality and the variety of services provided, ranging from simple advice on taxation and ending with complex tax disputes in courts. I was particularly impressed by the quick reaction of the lawyers to the request for legal assistance. The work on the projects was carried out by the lawyers within the agreed timeframe. At the same time, it was possible to contact the partner to ask additional questions and get advice.’

‘Andrey Zuykov’s main advantages are his accessibility to the client, as well as his ability to approach complex tax disputes in a non-standard way. It is worth noting Andrey’s ability to foresee specific tax risks while working on a project.’

‘The tax practice at KIAP is synonymous with high quality and innovative approach. Andrew Zuykov is a professional of the highest level, hardworking and proactive. He knows how to use his command of the theory, and perfectly applies the subtleties of the tax framework in practice. I appreciate his knowledge and communication skills.’

Key clients

Inditex

DSV (Panalpina)

Deswik

Cambridge University Press

Sharp

Rockwool

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 4

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law acts for a strong roster of domestic and international clients, and is increasingly acting on mandates in the logistics, railway, TMT, and real estate sectors. Anton Samokhvalov heads up the department, which is well positioned to handle pre-transactional work including due diligence projects, mid-size M&A transactions and restructuring issues. Senior associate Ekaterina Spakhova is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Anton Samokhvalov

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Spakhova; Alexey Gurin

Testimonials

‘Flexible approach to solving problems, creativity, the ability to find a way out of any situation.’

The corporate KIAP team is distinguished by its unique approach. KIAP always gives extremely practical advice that meets the interests of the client and always takes into account the specifics of the client’s business. KIAP is well versed in the current judicial practice and always advises by taking into account the current judicial realities. KIAP lawyers are always in touch and ready to give prompt and qualified advice.’

‘The most prominent lawyers include Anton Samokhvalov and Ekaterina Spakhova. Anton has excellent experience in various areas of business, which helps him to comprehensively assess the situation and see not only the legal side of the project, but its commercial aspects as well. Ekaterina is an excellent professional who has deep knowledge, and her advice always hits the target, which is what any client needs.’

‘A smaller corporate and M&A team, which also works on litigation at the same time. As a key contact, I would like to highlight Anton Samokhvalov, who is a talented lawyer in the field of transactional work. Anton is distinguished by his deep expertise, attention to detail and quick professional response.’

Key clients

Atol

SNC Lavalin

DSV Panalpina

Westrock

TMT Tier 4

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law's offering brings together specialists from the commercial practice, under the headship of Julia Kirpikova, and the IP group, led by newly promoted partner Elena Buranova. The firm has recently expanded its expertise in the e-commerce, personal data and AI spheres, and continues to handle largely advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Julia Kirpikova; Elena Buranova

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the market and detailed understanding of aspects of legal support for e-commerce in the Russian Federation.’

Key clients

Atol

Huawei

Game Insight

The firm

KIAP, Attorneys at Law, offers its clients the full range of the legal services most often required by today’s businesses. Headquartered in Moscow, the firm covers issues of Russian and foreign legislation, as well as representation of client companies in their interactions with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Russian government.

Areas of practice

Dispute resolution: KIAP’s core practice is strong in aiding litigations in retail, industrial production, insurance and energy sectors. According to results of Best Lawyers 2020 KIAP was recognized as the law firm of the year in the field of litigation. The practice is also recommended by Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 EMEA, as well as by Russian Pravo.Ru 300, Kommersant ranking and Pravo-300 “Sympathy rating”.

International commercial arbitration: recommended by Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 EMEA and Best Lawyers, as well as by Russian rankings Pravo.Ru-300, Kommersant ranking, Pravo-300 “Sympathy rating”. The practice represents clients’ interests in international commercial arbitration in Russia and abroad, as well as before Russian courts in matters involving recognition and enforcement of international commercial arbitration awards, provides consultations on arbitration agreements, its validity and enforceability, on facilitation of out-of-court settlements and on strategies for international commercial arbitration.

White-collar crime: the practice represents corporate and private clients in criminal proceedings under the matters related to the issues of financial nature or corrupt practices, provides coordination and implementation of internal corporate investigations with respect to potential offences, assists in business projects evaluation to verify compliance with criminal law, provides consultations concerning the laws targeting money laundering issues, bribery and corrupt practices as well as concerning compliance with prescribed procedures in those areas. The practice is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA, Russian Pravo.ru-300 and “Kommersant” legal directories.

Forensic. Legal inquiries: the team provides full range of legal services in legal forensics and inquiries such as examination of legal and financial discipline of managers in favor of shareholders, examination of third parties’ legal discipline in transactions, examination of staff in company business units including legal and financial discipline, as well as collection, analysis and legalization of body of evidence for Russian and international civil and commercial litigation, investigation into corporate frauds and other abuses by the company’s staff and business partners. The practice also advises other lawyers on complex legal cases (including criminal matters).

Intellectual property: the team represents its clients in the Patents Disputes Chamber, Arbitration tribunals, and General Jurisdiction Courts, provides consultations in all intellectual property issues and assists in registration of intellectual property rights. The practice is recommended by the international ratings Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe, as well as by Russian Pravo.ru-300 and “Kommersant” legal directories. In 2020 the practice was first time ever recommended by the international ranking World Trademark Review 1000 in the field of Prosecution and Strategy. In 2019 the practice was marked by the ranking ‘Managing IP – IP Stars’ and was listed among the best law firms in Russia in Trade mark contentious work.

Antitrust and competition: the practice represents clients in litigation against antitrust authorities, provides support for antitrust investigations and proceedings, and advice on competition law. The practice is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe, as well as by Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300, Pravo-300 “Sympathy rating” and Kommersant rankings.

Government Procurement: legal support and disputes: in view of an increasing demand from KIAP clients for qualified assistance in government procurement area, especially in complex conflict situations, the new division “Government Procurement: legal support and disputes” has been launched within Antitrust practice in 2018. Headed by Maxim Buzin the division lawyers advise Clients on procurement compliance and represent their interests in courts and enforcement agencies in matters related to governmental and public procurement supervision, as well as contract execution.

Corporate and M&A: the team provides services in the area of corporate law and M&A, specializing in corporate structuring and maintenance of M&A transactions, advising on the development of operational structures for businesses, ownership and management structures by the group of companies, to name but three. The practice is recommended by international legal rankings Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, IFLR 1000, and by Russian Pravo-300 and Kommersant ratings.

Tax Practice: the practice represents clients during tax audits and resolves tax disputes in and out of court, provides services in tax structuring of assets and investments, as well as consulting on international taxation. The practice is recommended by the international ratings Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe and World Tax, Leaders League as well as the Russian Pravo.ru-300 and Kommersant ratings.

Customs and international trade: the practice excels in the areas of customs law, administrative and legal representation in disputes with customs authorities, and advice on the application of and compliance with the relevant legislation.

Real estate. Land. Construction: the practice advises clients before Russian courts in all matters relating to land and development law, and provides support for compliance with the pre-action protocols. The practice is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA, Pravo.Ru 300 legal rankings and Pravo-300 “Sympathy rating”.

Bankruptcy: the practice represents lenders in relation to insolvency officers, representing clients in arbitration courts, provides services in supporting the procedure of inclusion into the lenders’ registry, contesting illegal actions by insolvency officers and debtors invalid transactions. The practice is recommended by Chambers Europe (Restructuring/Insolvency: Litigation, Band 4), Legal 500 EMEA and IFLR 1000 international legal rankings, Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300 and Kommersant rankings.

Banking and finance: the firm specializes in capital markets, credit, securitisation, structured and project finance and financial instruments. The practice is recommended by the international ratings Legal 500 EMEA, IFLR 1000, as well as the Russian Pravo.ru-300 legal directory, Pravo-300 “Sympathy rating” and Kommersant ranking.

Commercial Practice: the practice provides consulting services to clients in the sphere of doing business in Russia, during legal inspections, as well as if there is a need to develop the system of new contractual links and bringing the Company’s internal regulations into correspondence with new realities of Russian economy. Besides the basic services, additional areas of activity include consulting the clients in the sphere of e-commerce and electronic payment systems, development and analysis of the documents governing sales promotion, legal support in the sphere of personal and confidential data protection, and legal assistance in the sphere of licensing of certain types of activities and environmental regulation. Recommended by the Legal 500 EMEA 2019 international legal directory, as well as by Russian “Kommersant” rating.

Employment Practice: the practice provides services in sports law, dispute resolution, and legal representation of employees and employers in court, representing clients in disputes with trade union involvement and companies in labor disputes with top management. The Practice is recommended by the international rating Legal 500 EMEA, as well as the Russian Pravo.ru-300, Pravo-300 “Sympathy rating” and “Kommersant’ ratings.

Insurance Practice: among legal support of disputes, main directions of the practice include legal consulting services in respect of a more wide range of issues related to insurance and reinsurance, tariffs and policies, legal examination of internal procedures, scoring and insurance products in the interests of insurers, professional associations of insurers, as well as insured persons, companies and state institutions. The practice is recommended by the Russian legal directories Pravo-300 and “Kommersant”.

Administrative Practice: specializes in protecting clients in administrative offence cases, resolution of disputes with the state and municipal authorities, advises on administrative law and procedure, supports in inspections carried out within the framework of state and municipal control.

Additional information:

Social Responsibility

KIAP, Attorneys at Law, is a modern law firm with a socially oriented mission. We want to make our Russian legal world a better place: we strive to make our contribution to the development of philanthropy in the Russian legal market, as well as to support its unification to work together for the benefit of the country’s legal system. KIAP lawyers are successfully engaged in teaching activities at the law departments of the country’s leading universities. We also support major educational programs and competitions. Our lawyers write books that become bestsellers. Our major projects and activities:

  • International Charity Legal Run
  • Legal Chess Tournament
  • Charity program “Lawyers for Kids”
  • Education and teaching activities
  • Pro bono
  • Corporate Gifts with Social Implications
Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution Andrey Korelskiy ak@kiaplaw.ru
International commercial arbitration Anna Grishchenkova ag@kiaplaw.ru
White-collar crime Konstantin Astafiev ka@kiaplaw.ru
Forensic. Legal enquiries Konstantin Astafiev ka@kiaplaw.ru
Intellectual property Elena Buranova e.buranova@kiaplaw.ru
Antitrust and competition Ilya Ischuk ii@kiaplaw.ru
Government Procurement: legal support and disputes Maxim Buzin m.buzin@kiaplaw.ru
Bankruptcy Practice Ilya Dedkovskiy id@kiaplaw.ru
Administrative Practice Alexey Sizov a.sizov@kiaplaw.ru
Corporate and M&A Anton Samokhvalov a.samokhvalov@kiaplaw.ru
Real estate. Land. Construction Sergey Popov s.popov@kiaplaw.ru
Tax Practice Andrey Zuykov az@kiaplaw.ru
Banking and finance Roman Suslov r.suslov@kiaplaw.ru
Commercial Practice Julia Kirpikova jk@kiaplaw.ru
Insurance Practice Dmitry Shnaydman d.shnaydman@kiaplaw.ru
Employment Practice Konstantin Astafiev ka@kiaplaw.ru
Customs and international trade Alexey Sizov a.sizov@kiaplaw.ru
Investment Practice James Friedlander jf@kiaplaw.ru
Photo Name Position Profile
 Konstantin Astafiev  photo Konstantin Astafiev Attorney at law, partner and one of the co-founders of KIAP
 Elena Buranova  photo Elena Buranova Partner of IP Practice, Russian registered Trademark attorney.
 Maxim Buzin  photo Maxim Buzin Head of division “Government Procurement: legal support and disputes”
 Ilya Dedkovskiy  photo Ilya Dedkovskiy Head of Bankruptcy practice, Attorney at law
 James Friedlander  photo James Friedlander Partner and Head of Investment practice
 Anna Grishchenkova  photo Anna Grishchenkova Partner, LL.M. in US Law, MCiarb
 Sergey Ilin  photo Sergey Ilin Associate
 Ilya Ischuk  photo Ilya Ischuk Lawyer, Ph.D, partner and co-founder of KIAP
 Dmitry Kalinichenko  photo Dmitry Kalinichenko Attorney at law, Senior Associate
 Olga Kascheeva  photo Olga Kascheeva Associate
 Julia Kirpikova  photo Julia Kirpikova Head of Commercial practice, Attorney at law
 Natalia Kisliakova  photo Natalia Kisliakova Senior Associate
 Andrey Korelskiy  photo Andrey Korelskiy Managing partner and founder of KIAP, Attorneys at Law.
 Evgeny Metla photo Evgeny Metla Associate
 Sergey Popov  photo Sergey Popov Head of Real Estate, Land and Construction practice
 Anton Samokhvalov  photo Anton Samokhvalov Partner of Corporate and M&A Practice
 Viacheslav Shmelev  photo Viacheslav Shmelev Associate
 Dmitry Shnaydman  photo Dmitry Shnaydman Partner and Head of the “Insurance” Practice
 Alexey Sizov  photo Alexey Sizov Partner, Attorney at law, Head of Administrative practice as well as Customs and…
 Anastasia Skovpen  photo Anastasia Skovpen Associate
 Ekaterina Spakhova  photo Ekaterina Spakhova Senior Associate in Corporate practice
 Stepan Sultanov  photo Stepan Sultanov Senior Associate, LL.M.
 Roman Suslov  photo Roman Suslov Head of Banking & Finance practice, Ph.D in Law
 Maxim Tabolo  photo Maxim Tabolo Associate
 Julia Usacheva  photo Julia Usacheva Senior Associate
 Evgeny Vasin photo Evgeny Vasin Associate
 Julia Yanygina  photo Julia Yanygina Head of practice, Attorney at law
 Daniil Zherdev  photo Daniil Zherdev Associate
Number of lawyers : 40
English
Russian
German
Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
The International Chamber of Commerce
International Bar Association
International Trademark Association
The Russian Arbitration Association
LawExchange International
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
The Harmonie Group
The Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES)

CLIENT: CLIENT: Head of legal

COMPANY/FIRM: Leader of finance service sector in Russia

TESTIMONIAL: This is a highly attuned team like orchestra, hardworking and solutions-focused. I follow Andrey Korelskiy and his team for the last 7 years. It is a team of savvy lawyers who work hard to achieve commercial outcomes. Extremely committed, highly effective and experienced. All the litigation practice can be absolutely recommendable.


 


CLIENT: Legal officer EMEA

COMPANY/FIRM: International Retail Chain

TESTIMONIAL: KIAP is a great example of a modern national law firm. Its name is synonymous with quality, business acumen and innovative approaches. All the team members are very skilled, incredibly bright and versatile with an excellent ability to always see the big picture and think about business targets. They never fear to be creative at challenging cases and always ready to continually negotiate rather than litigate. I like their commercial and practical approach to the cases they handle. They not only understand the legal part of the matter but also grasp the industry complexities.


 


CLIENT: Finance director

COMPANY/FIRM: International logistic company (TOP-5 in the world)

TESTIMONIAL: KIAP lawyers combine strong analytical skills with an intense motivation to move forward and resolve problems. Each member of this team has a good dedication and resolves complex cases quickly. They are efficient, persuasive and tenacious. They set a high quality standard for other firms and I know that many consider them among the best in the country.


 


CLIENT: Legal counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: Chemical holding

TESTIMONIAL: All of the lawyers I have worked with during these years are very classy litigators with superb legal skills, in-depth knowledge and client-friendly attitude.


 


CLIENT: CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: Venture company

TESTIMONIAL: KIAP is second to none. The more we instruct the firm, the less I worry about the next case’s outcome as they will do as much as it’s needed to succeed. Worth to note that they have a balanced system of business process coordination inside the firm – the team works like a clockwork, providing timely response, excellent follow up and professional advice.


 


CLIENT: Head of legal

COMPANY/FIRM: One of leaders of fashion world industry

TESTIMONIAL: What makes me a loyal KIAP client for over 6 years is their ability to make the law accessible to clients and creativeness in dealing with complex matters. I respect them for their business oriented approach and excellent skills to “read a situation”. This is a good advantage when the lawyer combines outstanding technical skills but at the same time is commercial and user friendly. Every lawyer is available at any time and provides detailed feedback. I always can expect to get prompt high-level advice. Another point which makes them different from other firms is their high level of industry knowledge.


 


CLIENT: Deputy of CEO (Legal and Corporate)

COMPANY/FIRM: Mining company

TESTIMONIAL: The Firm is very efficient in terms of finding workable commercial solutions quickly. They know legal, political and cultural specifics of the client’s business. The team stands out for its focus on strong business knowledge. They have a good style to work under tight timescales and always bring something unique to the project.


 


CLIENT: Head of legal

COMPANY/FIRM: IT company

TESTIMONIAL: KIAP is a top-level firm with deep experience and skill in dispute resolution and international arbitration. The service level is high, in particular in relation to industry knowledge, responsive approach to client objectives and strength in depth of the team. It strikes a good balance of legal and commercial skills. 


 


CLIENT: Head of legal

COMPANY/FIRM: Agriculture holding #1 in Russia

TESTIMONIAL: I am delighted to work with KIAP, it is a firm of the highest caliber mostly active in dispute resolution. They are flexible, commercially minded and demonstrate an excellent level of business intelligence and soundness of advice that others struggle to match. I appreciate their solid experience, good attention to detail, amazing energy and striking people skills.


 


CLIENT: Project manager (Legal and Corporate)

COMPANY/FIRM: Oil and Gas company

TESTIMONIAL: KIAP has an excellent reputation in the market with a first-class construction, insolvency and antitrust disputes practices. They are highly competent at designing creative dispute strategies, responsive and proactive. They are also one of the best firms for cases involving multi-faceted international disputes. KIAP lawyers always provide thorough advice and convincing recommendations. The team has incredible efficiency when it comes to complex matters and tight deadlines.





Diversity

At KIAP, we appreciate the importance of creating a work environment in which each member of the team can feel valued, included and empowered to offer great ideas and serve the needs of our diverse clients by providing better services. We are committed to building an open-minded company comprised of professionals of different backgrounds and diverse visions.

We welcome talented individuals from all religious affiliations, race, national origin, generation, gender, disability and military backgrounds.

We believe that diversity as a business imperative contributes to our innovation and success, keeping KIAP at the forefront of the Russian legal market.

Social responsibility/pro bono

At KIAP, we consider social responsibility as one of the key principles of our business activity. Being a cutting-edge law firm, we seek to contribute to the development of charity and philanthropy among Russian legal advisors, as well as to raise the level of legal awareness among the representatives of Russian civil society by providing free legal consultations.

We consider it to be our duty to encourage non-profit work of the law firm’s experts for the benefit of the public interest. No less than 5% of the annual working time of our lawyers is assigned to work according to the pro bono principle, and mainly involves free advice to citizens on the issues of civil, family, labour and housing law, as well as providing significant discounts to citizens and public organisations that, due to financial constraints, are not able to cover the full cost of highly professional legal assistance.

KIAP lawyers successfully represented the client in ICAC arbitration and received arbitral award on

Foreign supplier (client of KIAP) suffered damages due to the buyer's breach of its contractual obligation to purchase an obligatory minimum amount of goods. The underlying contract provided for contractual penalty in the amount of 50% of price of non-purchased goods; the amount of penalty exceeded $5m.

The trial story on how 15 kg of aircraft weight could cost 20 mln rubles of customs payments

11 June 2020, Moscow, Russia - The Principal of KIAP had purchased and imported into the Russian Federation a passenger aircraft. During the customs declaring procedure the classification code of goods was specified based on the weight of the aircraft with the corresponding customs duty rate of 0%.

KIAP lawyers assisted the Client to release the demand guarantees in total amount of 100 mln rubles

14 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - KIAP lawyers represented the Client in a court dispute against a Bank arising out of first demand guarantees. The demand guarantees had been issued by the Bank to the benefit of the Client under the subcontract agreement. The counterparty of the Client did not perform its obligations under the subcontract agreement and refused to return an advance payment, to reimburse damages and to pay penalties. The Client presented the demands which the Bank refused to perform.

KIAP starts Family and Inheritance Law Practice

14 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - KIAP, Attorneys at Law, has announced the opening of the Family and Inheritance Law Practice. The opening of a new direction is due to a significant increase of profile requests from current and new clients of KIAP, as well as the strengthening of expertise as a result of the successful implementation of a number of projects in this field.

KIAP and ICC Russia have conducted a study “The Attitude of Financial Institutions to Arbitration”

24 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - On July 23, 2020, the Russian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce - World Business Organization (ICC Russia) presented the results of the study "The Attitude of Financial Institutions to Arbitration (Arbitration Proceedings)" (in Russian language), conducted jointly with KIAP in 2019-2020. The study was aimed to understand attitude of Russian banks and financial organizations toward arbitration.


LCIA online: KIAP lawyers defended a foreign trader at the peak of the pandemic

10 September 2020, Moscow, Russia - In the midst of pandemic, KIAP lawyers defended interests of the foreign trader in arbitration proceedings in LCIA against Polish buyer who refused to pay for the delivered by the Client goods. The whole procedure was conducted online.

The court ruling on the canceled car show came into force

12 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - On August 6, 2020, the Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the Moscow Arbitration Court, obliging a large Russian Insurer to pay insurance indemnity in the amount of more than 70 million rubles under the insurance policy of the business risk in favor of the Insured (the Principal of KIAP, Attorneys at Law).

KIAP lawyers defended the interests of one of the largest importers of professional off-road tires

29 June 2020, Moscow, Russia - The dispute was related to the appeal of the decisions of the customs authority on the classification of goods according to the Foreign Economic Activity Commodity Nomenclature of the Customs Union (the FEACN of the CU).

KIAP defended the interests of a large manufacturer from Republic of Belarus in 3 court instances

13 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - The distributor appealed to the Russian arbitration court with a demand to recover from the Belarusian company the discount on the contract not given to him. The total amount of the claims estimated 100 million rubles.

KIAP defended the interests of a large manufacturer from Republic of Belarus in 3 court instances

13 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - The distributor appealed to the Russian arbitration court with a demand to recover from the Belarusian company the discount on the contract not given to him. The total amount of the claims estimated 100 million rubles.

KIAP defended one of the largest importers of professional off-road tires in litigation with FCS

29 June 2020, Moscow, Russia - The dispute was related to the appeal of the decisions of the customs authority on the classification of goods according to the Foreign Economic Activity Commodity Nomenclature of the Customs Union (the FEACN of the CU).

Anna Grishchenkova is included into Panel of International Arbitrators of KCAB INTERNATIONAL

25 June 2020, Moscow, Russia - Anna Grishchenkova, Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration Partner of KIAP, Attorneys at Law, is included into Panel of International Arbitrators of the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB INTERNATIONAL), the main arbitration institution of the Republic of Korea.

KIAP defended the validity of the arbitration clause of the ICA of the ICC in the Russian court

19 June 2020, Moscow, Russia - The Principal of KIAP, Attorneys at Law, who appeared as a contractor, engaged a subcontractor to perform part of the work on the building site. The subcontractor performed the work improperly, so the contract with it was terminated and the subcontractor had to recover of losses to the Principal of KIAP.

KIAP defended the largest retailer of sporting goods in a dispute with the owner of shopping center

17 June 2020, Moscow, Russia - The Principal of KIAP, Attorneys at Law, a European company specializing in the development, production and retail of sports goods for more than seventy kinds of sports and being represented in most regions of Russia, decided to terminate the lease agreement for premises in a large regional shopping and entertainment center. The owner of the premises, having no intention of losing a major lessee and payer of rental payments, interpreting the provisions of the long-term lease agreement in its favor, first declared that it was impossible to terminate the agreement on a date comfortable for the Principal, and then charged the payments stipulated in the agreement in a repeatedly overstated amount.

KIAP and ICC Russia conducted a study “The Attitude of Financial Institutions to Arbitration”

24 July 2020, Moscow, Russia - On July 23, 2020, the Russian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce - World Business Organization () presented the results of the  "The Attitude of Financial Institutions to Arbitration (Arbitration Proceedings)" (in Russian language), conducted jointly with KIAP in 2019-2020. The study was aimed to understand attitude of Russian banks and financial organizations toward arbitration.

The court ruling on the canceled car show came into force

12 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - On August 6, 2020, the Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the Moscow Arbitration Court, obliging a large Russian Insurer to pay insurance indemnity in the amount of more than 70 million rubles under the insurance policy of the business risk in favor of the Insured (the Principal of KIAP, Attorneys at Law).

KIAP defended a large manufacturer from the Republic of Belarus in three court instanstes

13 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - The distributor appealed to the Russian arbitration court with a demand to recover from the Belarusian company the discount on the contract not given to him. The total amount of the claims estimated 100 million rubles.

KIAP lawyers assisted the Client to release the demand guarantees in the amount of 10 mln rubles

14 August 2020, Moscow, Russia - KIAP lawyers represented the Client in a court dispute against a Bank arising out of first demand guarantees. The demand guarantees had been issued by the Bank to the benefit of the Client under the subcontract agreement. The counterparty of the Client did not perform its obligations under the subcontract agreement and refused to return an advance payment, to reimburse damages and to pay penalties. The Client presented the demands which the Bank refused to perform.

KIAP successfully represented “Lidskoe Pivo” at the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service

OJSC "Lidskoe Pivo" (ААТ "Лідскае Піва"), the Belarusian manufacturer of popular Lidski kvass (a traditional rye-bread drink), had become aware of a locally manufactured kvass distributed in the Russian market under the same brand name "Lidksi". Furthermore, the infringer used similar bottle label designs. To defend the Client’s rights, KIAP lawyers applied to the Russian antimonopoly authority (FAS).

Another construction dispute at ICC accomplished with a decision in favor of KIAP Principal

The International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) ruled in favor of the Principal of KIAP, Attorneys at Law.

Comparison of Arbitration Rules of 8 most popular Arbitral Institutions from KIAP Lawyers

The global pandemic has shown that while state courts may be closed, proceedings in international arbitration still go on – all documents can be submitted electronically, arbitration hearings may be held online, arbitrators write decisions quicker than usual.

KIAP Partner Anna Grishchenkova included into the Task force of ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR

Anna Grishchenkova, KIAP Partner and Deputy Chairman of the ICC Russia Commission on Arbitration, joined the Task Force on "ADR and Arbitration" of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

KIAP lawyers secured the enforcement of the VIAC’s arbitral award in Italy during the lockdown

In March 2019 International Commercial Arbitration practice lawyers of KIAP won a litigation at Vienna International Arbitration Center, representing the interests of a Russian client against an Italian equipment manufacturer. The dispute was related to the return of the advance payment under the supply contract and compensation for losses caused by the early termination of the contract.

KIAP successfully settled the large loss of the Insured worth more than 70 million rubles

On March 5, 2020 the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled in favor of Insured (Principal of KIAP, Attorneys at Law) in a dispute with a major Russian insurer regarding the recovery under the insurance policy of the business risk.

Infographic on Staff Reduction in Russia by KIAP law firm

KIAP Employment practice has made an Infographic on Staff Reduction in Russia, which will help foreign companies better understand Russian Employment law.

KIAP has launched the Covid-19 Legal Helpdesk

Within this section KIAP practices offer special services related to Covid-19 and its impact on business. The first such product is  “Express testing of your insurance policies”, where lawyers on a pro bono basis analyze the client’s insurance policy in 24 hours.